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One Room, Multiple Wood Finishes

How to seamlessly mix wood finishes for furniture, trim, and more

By Kathy Barnes


Mixing wood species in a single room can be tricky. Will your dining table look good with your mismatched chairs? Do the headboard and bedside tables need to match? And what can you do about architectural elements in the room? These rooms show how to decorate with different wood finishes.

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Master Bedroom by Michael Abrams

Problem: The room has too many wood colors.

Solution: For starters, find ways to minimize some of the wood finishes.

Wood floors can be reduced under an area rug or hidden completely under wall-to-wall carpet. Dated woodwork can be painted to freshen the scheme. Once some finishes are neutralized, let your furnishings, art, and accessories help support the remaining wood finishes by incorporating fabrics in the same tones.

In this bedroom, a pair of console tables in two different finishes blends right in with khaki fabrics in the same tone. The finish of the bench is repeated with the dark side tables and pillows.
Master Bedroom
by Michael Abrams

Next Slide >> Problem: Dark and light finishes contrast too much.

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